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Using JavaScript to hack the web

There's no lack of online resources for JavaScript, from courses that teach you the basics to tutorials on app creation. In this article—which doesn't require you to make your own apps, or even to have particularly deep product knowledge—I'll explain how to use JavaScript to create useful browser hacks that enhance your web experiences and boost productivity.read more Read More »

An introduction to quantum computing, without the physics

This paper is a gentle but rigorous introduction to quantum computing intended for computer scientists. Starting from a small set of assumptions on the behavior of quantum computing devices, we analyze their main characteristics, stressing the differences with classical computers, and finally describe two well-known algorithms (Simon’s algorithm and Grover’s algorithm) using the formalism developed in previous sections. This paper ... Read More »

Smart lock vendor accidentally bricks customers’ locks

A perk of connected devices, or at least what gadget manufacturers will tell you, is they can receive over-the-air updates to keep your device current. Those updates don’t always go as planned, however. In fact, they can go horribly wrong. Take a company called Lockstate, for example, which attempted to issue new software to its LS6i smart locks last week ... Read More »

Popular Pesticides Keep Bumblebees From Laying Eggs

An anonymous reader quotes a report from NPR: Wild bees, such as bumblebees, don’t get as much love as honeybees, but they should. They play just as crucial a role in pollinating many fruits, vegetables and wildflowers, and compared to managed colonies of honeybees, they’re in much greater jeopardy. A group of scientists in the United Kingdom decided to look ... Read More »